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A monthly update from the Center for Sustainability for the Santa Clara University community.

  •  Fresh from the Forge Garden

    Friday, May. 2, 2014
    Organic produce
    Have you considered buying organic? If you haven't yet, try prioritizing the purchase of a few food items first and read on for more reasons you should make the full organic switch.
  •  Food & Agribusiness Institute: Leaders for a Better Future

    Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014
    FAI logo
    From Ghana to Burma and now Cuba, the Food and Agribusiness Institute takes students around the world to explore and experience challenges and solutions in the modern farming industry.
  •  Lisa McMonagle: Personal Commitment to Food Justice

    Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014
    Some may say she’s passionate, others may say she’s over involved, but if one thing is for sure, Lisa McMonagle demonstrates commitment and drive for sustainable and just food.
  •  News and Events

    Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014
    Grad Pledge Sign-Ups
    Donate/ Sponsor: Relay for Life
    GREEN Club's Earth Day Fair
    Spring Gardening Workshop and Plant Sale
    Going Native Garden Tour
    Guadalupe River Park Conservancy's "Starting From Seed"
    FAI & CLASP Drought Series
    Bike and Gear Basics with Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
    Forge Garden Showcase
  •  Did You Know?

    Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014
    BUG kids from archives
    Learn more about Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG), a holistic program that provides food education services for San José youth.
  •  Take Action: Food

    Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014
    Farmworker Collage. Photo Courtesy of Jacob Anikulapo, Flickr via
    Tips to lessen your food waste and how to be an informed eater.
    REDUCE: Smaller portion sizes
    REUSE: The best to-go ware
    RECYCLE: Composting food scraps
    RESPECT: Farm-to-fork
  •  Fresh from the Forge Garden

    Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014
    The Forge Garden has served as an outdoor classroom and living laboratory for academic courses across the curriculum. Now, it is the home of its own class this quarter!
  •  Drought: The Call to Conserve Water

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
    The state of California is currently seeing the worst drought in modern history. Learn more about the drought and SCU’s plan on water conservation.
    Drought. Photo courtesy of (laparedesf) Stock.XCHNG.
  •  Gary Vargas, Facilities: Water-Saving Strategist

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
    Gary Vargas, action shot.
    Gary Vargas, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor in Facilities, plays an essential role in conserving water on campus, especially with landscaping.
  •  News and Events

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
    Hand in the fountain. Photo courtesy of (saavem) Stock Exchange.
    Water-wise Gardening Workshops
    "Sip. Do Not Gulp" exhibit
    Adapting to Climate Change: Palo Alto speaker event
    Environmental Justice Speaker Series: "The Future of Water"
  •  Did You Know?

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
    Tap water is better than bottled water for monetary, environmental, and social reasons. Learn more and support the student-led campaign on campus in promoting tap water over bottled water.
  •  Take Action: Water Conservation

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
    Tips to reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect for water conservation.
    REDUCE: cleaning & gardening
    REUSE: graywater tips
    RECYCLE: conserving behaviors
    RESPECT: water and food
  •  Fresh from the Forge Garden

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
    Learn some tips on how to use water efficiently in your garden.
  •  2014 Residence Energy Challenge

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    Lights out, SCU! This year, we have two leagues for the competing residence halls. Find out what you and your RLC can do to get ahead in 2014 Residence Energy Challenge.
    Energy Challenge 2014 logo
  •  Tonya Nilsson: Engineering a Better Future

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    Profile: Tonya Nilsson
    As both a teacher and leader, Tonya Nilsson has been a forerunner in our University’s effort to promote a culture of sustainability on campus and throughout the world.
  •  News and Events

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    Hoofprint Challenge: New Year, (Re)new Pledge!
    New Delivery Season for CSA boxes!
    Students For Safe Drug Disposal
    Zero-Power Hour
    Women's Water Polo Green Game
    Low-Carbon Valentine's Day Social
    Rainbow Prom
    SCU Unplugged
    Raised Bed Building Workshop
    A Dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  •  Did You Know?

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    Do you turn off your computer at the end of each day? Computers that have not been shut down, even when not in use, consume watts of energy. Learn about a great program on campus to reduce the energy usage of our computers.
  •  Take Action: Energy and Climate

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    Tips to reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect regarding energy & climate
    REDUCE: time spent indoors
    REUSE: textiles & clothes
    RECYCLE: cell phones & electronics
    RESPECT: facts about climate change
  •  Fresh from the Forge Garden

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
    How much energy goes into producing your food? Learn how to cook "low-carbon" meals during The Forge Garden's Valentine's Day Social.
  •  Solution for hard-to-recycle items: Terracycle

    Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
    Our campus collects certain items that would have been sent to the landfill after one use, but are now being upcycled to a create new products.
 

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